Fewer Words – A Poem

The prompt over at dVerse Poets Pub yesterday was to write poem about a time or times that influenced our evolution to the poet we are today. I had to really think about this one to come up with something, and here’s what I came up with.

Fewer Words

First it was research papers,
then long-winded briefs

Perhaps just a memo
or letter to a client

but never a poem,
that’s not the sort for me

Expressing in essays
my thoughts and beliefs

No limit on wordiness
to slow me down

Others expressed ideas
great and profound

in simple poetry
of few lines and words

Maybe, just maybe
I could give it a try

Use fewer words to express
the mercy and grace of my Savior

the pain and the darkness
shattered by Light

Turns out a few words
are sometimes all it takes

I am a Jesus Freak, and I don't care who knows it. I am a wife, mother, sister, aunt, daughter, and friend. My blood family is only part of the larger family of Christ that I belong to. I love to write, especially about my dear Savior.


16 Responses

  1. Turns out a few words
    are sometimes all it takes… so true, it takes great talent to grab someone with a big word-y statement, indeed… great take on the prompt. thanks!

  2. smiles…i hear you…i went nearly 15 years not writing creatively after college before my reawakening….and wrote a ton of training material and manuals between…ugh…what a waste…lol…

  3. You are right Linda, its that striving to find those few words that together succinctly tell your intention, it is what drives us to write in this form, as exciting as it is.

  4. very well said…sometimes the fewer the words the more powerful the statement. it’s really good you gave it a go…I don’t know how go you are when wordiness is involved, but keeping it simple and tight works well for you.

    • Thanks. It’s kind of funny that when I first starting writing poetry I said in a post that I didn’t think this blog would ever become an exclusively poetry blog. And now about 90% of what I write and post is poetry. 😉 I do love the challenge. Peace, Linda

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